French and Riviera News Tuesday 21st November 2017


Explosives dating from World War II - Explosives dating from World War II have been discovered in the western suburbs of Nice. The discovery was made during building work near the route de Grenoble. Traffic will be diverted in the area on Wednesday and Thursday between 11pm and 5am while experts neutralise the ammunition. 

Drug trafficking in Toulon - A couple from Toulon have been given a two year suspended prison sentence for drug trafficking. The couple had reportedly set up a “home delivery” service allowing users to text their orders with deliveries being made to their doorstep.

Restos du Coeur - The national campaign for the “Restos du Coeur” officially starts today with 650 volunteers in the Alpes Maritimes helping 18,000 people and serving more than 1.2 million meals. This year marks the associations 33rd year since it was created in 1985 by well-known French comic and actor Coluche.    

Sound card for the visually impaired - On the initiative of the Young Economic Chamber of Menton-Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, several restaurants in Menton will offer visually impaired blind customers a sound card with the use of a dicta phone allowing them to listen to the menu. The concept already exists in several cities in France and has received a warm welcome from several restaurants in the city which hope to convince others in the area to follow suit.

Heavy loaded vehicles restriction on the RD6204 - Authorities in  Breil sur Roya have introduced traffic restrictions for heavy loaded vehicles on the RD6204 – which leads to the tunnel de Tende. The announcement came after local officials and residents campaigned to stop trucks over 19 tonnes circulating in the area.

Cars - If you drive a Smart For Two car, be warned it is the car most likely to be stolen in France. A French drivers organisation, say the most popular cars with thieves, also include Land Rovers, Ford Fiesta’s and Renault Clio’s.


Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is hoping for a "strong and stable" German government to emerge, following the collapse of coalition talks which risks delaying his ambitious EU reform agenda. The difficulties complicate Macron's vision for EU reform which he set out in a speech in September that called for closer defence, political and economic ties as well as an institutional overhaul. Macron, who was elected in May, has been waiting for Merkel to form a government to start talks in earnest about his European plans.

Getlink - The French company Eurotunnel, which operates the Channel Tunnel, is preparing for the post-Brexit era with a corporate rebrand, with the company being renamed Getlink. The change of branding will be only at group level, with customers looking to take its shuttle service between Folkestone and Calais continuing to book with Eurotunnel’s Le Shuttle service.

Foie Gras - The price of foie gras is set to rocket in France once again this Christmas as the industry continues to suffer the effects of two outbreaks of bird flu in as many years. The controversial delicacy remains popular in France, especially at Christmas when it is is eaten by 86 percent of people. However two outbreaks of bird flu in as many years have seen the production of foie gras drop nearly 20 percent on 2016 levels and 40 percent compared to 2015 levels. In 2016 and 2017, all farms in the south west were forced to slaughter their ducks to stop the virus spreading.

Smoking and the silver-screen - A proposal that France should ban the cigarette from the silver screen has been met with widespread derision and mockery among the French. The film-making industry in France has long been accused of "normalizing" smoking with some claims that seventy percent of new French films show at least one person in the process of smoking. The debate comes at a time when the French government is attempting to crack down on one of France's favourite habits with a promise to increase the price of a packet of cigarettes to 10 euros by 2020. One tweet on the subject wrote “that if smoking was banned it might be a good idea to also ban swearing, crime and driving above the speed limit from the silver screen”. 


Paris has won the battle to host the European Banking Authority which will be relocating from London after the UK leaves the European Union. Paris was chosen after lots were drawn when three round of voting failed to produce a winner.
Earlier,Amsterdam was chosen to host the European Medicines Agency which will also move from London post-Brexit.
The French President Emmanuel Macron said that the victory for Paris showed recognition for France’s attractiveness and European commitment. The agencies currently employ around 1,000 people in London. The European Banking Authority guarantees financial stability in Europe including the integrity of the EU’s banking sector.

Shares in the private hospital group Spire have fallen sharply after Mediclinic scrapped a bid for the firm.
Spire had rejected a revised bid from Mediclinic that valued the firm at 315.5 pence per share after saying that the offer “undervalued the company and its prospects”. Shares in Spire fell by 8.4 percent on the news while Mediclinic shares fell by 3.1 percent.

And-Shares in Time Warner have fallen following reports that the US Department of Justice will sue AT&T to stop its takeover of the media giant. Time Warner stock ended the day 1.1 percent lower at 87 dollars 71 while AT&T shares ended slightly higher at 34 dollars 64.
Reports by both Reuters and Bloomberg said that the Department of Justice would be filing a lawsuit against AT&T over concerns that a merger would raise prices for rivals and pay-TV subscribers while hampering the development of online video.


Tennis-Tributes have been paid to the former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna who’s died from cancer at the age of 49.
The Czech star won Wimbledon in 1998 after beating Nathalie Tauziat.She won more than 100 singles titles in her career and 16 Grand Slam doubles titles although Wimbledon was her only success in a major singles tournament.
The chief executive of the WTA Steve Simon said that Novotna had been an inspiration both on and off the court and that her star would always shine brightly in the history of the WTA.

Football-There was 1 game in the English Premier League on Monday.Brighton and Stoke drew 2-2.

There are 8 Champions League group games tonight.In Group E Spartak Moscow play Maribor and Sevilla host Liverpool.
In Group F Manchester City host Feyenoord and Napoli play Shakhtar Donetsk.
Group G pairs Besiktas against Porto while Monaco play Leipzig at the Stade Louis Deux and in Group H Apoel Nicosia play Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund play Tottenham.

There’s a full programme in the English Championship tonight.We’ll bring you the results from those games tomorrow morning.

Rugby Union-The Australia coach Michael Cheika is to be investigated over his comments and conduct during his side’s defeat against England last Saturday.
Cheika reacted angrily to a number of decisions during the game and was also involved in an incident with a supporter just before half-time.
World Rugby has referred the matter to a disciplinary panel.Australia continue their tour of the Northern Hemisphere with a Test against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Cricket-The war of words is continuing ahead of the first Ashes Test between Australia and England which starts in Brisbane on Thursday.
On Monday,Australia’s off-spinner Nathan Lyon said that he hoped the team could “end the careers” of some of the England players while England’s James Vince said that the home side were “putting themselves under pressure to perform” in the first Test.
The Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said that he’s “seen things he likes” in the England team while the England coach Trevor Bayliss said that his side were “not in town to make up the numbers”.

Boxing-David Haye’s heavyweight rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed after Haye slipped on the stairs in a freak training accident.
Haye has had surgery for a torn bicep and said that he’s “devastated “ that the match has had to be postponed.
Bellew stopped Haye in the 11th round of their previous encounter last March.The match is set to be rescheduled for the Spring of next year.


Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 16-17 degrees.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Mainly fine with highs of 16-17 degrees.


A recent study has found that babies understand more speech than parents think and can link words to objects at a very young age.

At just six months they recognise the meanings of some words are more similar than others, researchers found.

For example young children were able to tell words like car and pram were more alike than words such as car and juice.

The researchers claim that parents should talk to their children as much as possible because they are always listening and learning from what you say. 










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